Jayant Baliga

Progress Energy Distinguished University Professor Director, PSRC
 Monteith Research Center (MRC) (M 334D
 Campus Box 7911


Prof. Baliga is an internationally recognized expert on power semiconductor devices. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE. He spent 15 years at the General Electric Research and Development Center, Schenectady, NY, leading their power device effort and was bestowed the highest scientific rank of Coolidge Fellow. He joined NC State in 1988 as a Full Professor and was promoted to the rank of 'Distinguished University Professor' in 1997. Among his many NCSU honors, he was the recepient of the 1998 O. Max Gardner Award given by the North Carolina University Board of Governors to the one person within the 16 constituent universities who has made 'the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race'; and the 2011 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence, the highest honor at NCSU from the Board of Trustees.

Prof. Baliga has authored/edited 18 books and over 500 scientific articles. He has been granted 120 U.S. Patents. The IEEE has recognized him numerous times - most recently with the 'Lamme Medal' at Whitehall Palace in London. Scientific American magazine included him among the 'Eight Heroes of the Semiconductor Revolution' when commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the transistor.

Prof. Baliga invented, developed and commercialized the Insulated Gate Bipolar Trannsistor (IGBT) at GE. The IGBT is extensively used in the consumer, industrial, lighting, transportation, medical, renewable energy, and other sectors of the economy. It has enabled enormous reduction of gasoline and electrical energy use, resulting in huge cost savings to consumers, and reduction of world-wide carbon dioxide emissions. A detailed report on the applications and social impact of the IGBT is available. He received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest form of recognition given to an engineer by the United States Government, from President Obama in October 2011, at the White House; and the North Carolina Award for Science from Governor Purdue in October 2012.


  • Ph.D. 1974
    Electrical Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
  • Master's 1971
    Electrical Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
  • Bachelor's 1969
    Electrical Engineering
    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Research Focus

  • Power Electronics
  • Power Management ICs
  • Power Semiconductor Devices
  • Power Systems

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 - Inducted Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
  • 2017 - Inducted one of the five Foreign Fellows of Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • 2016 - Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, I. I. T. - Madras
  • 2015 - Global Energy Prize, President of the Russian Federation
  • 2015 - IEEE EDS Celebrated Member Award
  • 2013 - IEEE Life Fellow
  • 2013 - Inducted into Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame
  • 2013 - NCSU Risley Entreprenuer of the Year Award
  • 2012 - BCBS 'Eminent Cottonian' Award
  • 2012 - IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting Recognition at Plenary Session
  • 2012 - Named among top 35 Indian Thinkers since 1975 by India Today, a leading news magazine in India with a readership of over 15 million.
  • 2012 - Profiled in Forbes India 'Innovation Special' Magazine: "Among the 18 Great Minds who are doing cutting-edge work"
  • 2010 - Inducted into Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame
  • 2005 - Member, European Academy of Sciences
  • 2004 - IEEE-ISPSD Contributory Award for Founding the conference and serving as General Chairman in 1993
  • 2001 - ISI "100 Most Highly Cited Scientists in Engineering"
  • 2000 - Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • 2000 - National Academy of Engineering re-classified as Member
  • 1999 - Bell Tower Lighting for 100th US Patent (NC State)
  • 1999 - IEEE Lamme Medal for Invention and Development of the IGBT
  • 1998 - IEEE Ebers Award for technical contributions to Electron Devices (ED Society)
  • 1998 - O Max Gardner Award for 'greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race' (University of North Carolina Board of Governors)
  • 1997 - Scientific American Magazine 'One of the Eight Heroes of the Semiconductor Revolution'
  • 1996 - "Ten People to Watch in the Triangle", News and Observer, Raleigh
  • 1995-2002 - Honorary Editorial Advisory Board, Solid-State Electronics Journal
  • 1995 - Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award (NC State)
  • 1995 - BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award, Inventors Hall of Fame
  • 1993 - General Chairman, IEEE International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices
  • 1993 - IEEE Liebman Award for contributions to 'Smart Power Technology'
  • 1993 - National Academy of Engineering elected at age 45 as Foreign Affiliate from India
  • 1992 - Pride of India Award (First Recipient), BSS Society, USA
  • 1992 - Vice-General Chairman, IEEE International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices
  • 1991 - IEEE Newell Award for technical contributions to Power Electronics (PE Society)
  • 1991 - Technical Program Chairman, IEEE International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices
  • 1988 - Whitney Hall of Technical Achievers, General Electric Company
  • 1985-1990 - Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
  • 1984 - IR 100 Award for "Gallium Arsenide Schottky Power Rectifier"
  • 1984 - Science Digest Magazine's '100 Brightest Young Scientists in America'
  • 1983 - GE Coolidge Award (Highest Scientist Designation)
  • 1983 - GE Dushman Award for 'The Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor'
  • 1983 - IEEE Fellow elected at age 35 for contributions to Power Semiconductor Devices
  • 1983 - IR 100 Award for "Insulated Gate Transistor"
  • 1982 - IEEE Region I Award
  • 1974 - Allen B Dumont Prize (RPI, Top PhD Graduate)
  • 1969 - Philips India Medal (IIT, Madras, Top EE Graduate)
  • 1969 - Special Merit Medal (IIT, Madras, Valedictorian)

Recent News

Dr. Baliga Named Fellow by National Academy of Inventors

Posted on December 23, 2016 | Filed Under: Awards and Faculty and News and Research

Three faculty members at North Carolina State University are being named fellows by theNational Academy of Inventors (NAI). The new NAI fellows are B. Jayant Baliga, Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering; Ruben Carbon …

Baliga Book Wins 2016 PROSE Award

Posted on February 16, 2016 | Filed Under: Awards and News

The PROSE Awards  were announced February 4th at the annual conference of the Association of American Publisher’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division in Washington, DC. PROSE honors the best in professional and scholarly publishi …

Baliga Celebrated by the IEEE Electron Devices Society

Posted on December 9, 2015 | Filed Under: News

Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been recognized as a “Celebrated Member” by the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS).

Recent Media Mentions

How B. Jayant Baliga Transformed Power Semiconductors

April 22, 2014

The 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor recipient pioneered the IGBT, now found in cars, lighting, robots, and more.

Inventors Hall of Fame to Induct Indian-American Scientist

November 23, 2015

NC State electrical engineer to be inducted into the prestigious National Investors Hall of Fame for his invention of the insulated gate bipolar transistor, a semiconductor power switch used in many modern appliances from electric cars to air-conditioners. Bantval Jayant Baliga, engineering, featured.

Dr. B. J. Baliga Awarded 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor

May 13, 2014

NC scientist awarded the IEEE 2014 Medal of honor for his pioneering work on power electronic devices. B. Jayant Baliga, electrical & computer engineering, featured.


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